Catholic Church to ease ban on condom use

Deutscche Welle reports:


In a victory for reform-minded critics of the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI has now reversed the Catholic Church’s long-standing position with regard to the use of condoms to combat the spread of the HIV virus.

In the past, the Catholic Church has steadfastly opposed all means of artificial contraception, even the use of condoms for those infected with the HIV virus. HIV is widespread in the developing world, where the church is active on the grassroots level. It has always maintained the position that birth control should be exercised by abstinence or natural means, such as the rhythm method, which has been mocked by critics as “Vatican roulette.”


Up to now, the church had also condemned the use of condoms for married couples, even when one of them is infected with the AIDS virus. HIV can be spread not only through sexual contact, but through the exchange of body fluids, such as blood transfusions. In developing countries, the use of condoms protects against other highly contagious diseases, such as hepatitis, as well.


Only last week Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the highly influential former Archbishop of Milan, set a precedent by making a public appeal to at least permit condom use to prevent the transmission of deadly viruses.


“We need to do everything possible to combat AIDS. Under certain conditions, the use of condoms is necessary. Those who are afflicted have an obligation to protect the other partner,” he told the Italian weekly newsmagazine L’Espresso. At the same time, he emphasized that this was not a green light for the church to actively start distributing condoms.


Perhaps Pope Benedict, often dubbed “God’s rotweiller”, is softening ever so slightly. I wonder if he’ll take an extra hardlined stance on something else in the new future just to show that he’s not flaking out.

As Hemant Mehta writes, the Pope is now only a few decades behind the rest of us. He’s catching up!

4 Responses to “Catholic Church to ease ban on condom use”
  1. Heathen Dan says:

    Thank goodness they have finally come to their senses. Religious dogma should be subservient to the needs of the people. Welcome to the 20th century, papists! 😀

  2. Mark says:

    Who is the Pope to change the steadfast unchanging moral authority of the good Lord and authorize this change to morality?

    …or is the Catholic church once again being beaten down with reality and an understanding that morals are guided by society and the grounding of wishing happiness rather than suffering on others (aka love).

  3. ronbrown says:

    The Pope has God on MSN 🙂

  4. fma7 says:

    With gay sex so rampant in the religious communities and of course the Vatican itself you would think it would of been in the church’s interest to push condom use

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